Societal Norms Should Not Be Your Standard

Societal Norms Should Not Be Your Standard

This past weekend, I took part in a fun photoshoot for a friend and local business owner, N-Dowd. During the photoshoot, I had the chance to talk with some amazing women. One of the conversation revolved around how society tries to define what it means to be a woman. As young girls and even early into our womanhood, we allowed these norms of society to be the standards we had for ourselves. These norms that society creates no longer defines who we are or what path we want to take. If you are feeling lost or out of alignment with who you are, you may be trying to live up to societal expectations that are not right for you. Here are some reminders that we all need from time to time as we grow through life.

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The Ultimate Achievement

The Ultimate Achievement

As an extremely goal-oriented person, I am always working towards a personal or professional goal that I set for myself. This character trait of mine is both a gift and a flaw. A gift because I am always learning and growing. A flaw because I rarely let my brain relax. This is something I’ve become more aware of this year and with that, I’ve been forcing myself to schedule “chill time” in my calendar. If you are a goal-oriented person like me, you probably struggle with this too, but being able to chill and enjoy the present is just as important as the goal you want to achieve.

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Why You Need to Know Yourself

Why You Need to Know Yourself

It was not until two years after college that I started to realize that I had been following the norms of society without question. As a young woman, I was worried getting a stable job, finding a husband, and having kids. Nowhere in my vision was there a worry about my own career and development. Sure, I was focused on doing well at my job and enjoying life, but I was not in a mindset that allowed me to develop myself as an individual. I cannot pin point a specific realization that led me to start prioritizing self-awareness, but here is why knowing yourself is the key to living your best life.

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How to Discover Your Truth

How to Discover Your Truth

As women, we are told that being too sensitive and feeling too much is a sign of weakness. We are told to hide our emotions and that our hearts should not guide our decisions. However, I believe there is great value in following your heart, your inner voice, your inner truth. If your inner truth is not guiding your decisions, then something or someone outside of yourself is more than likely guiding them. I definitely do not want to live a life that is guided solely by society or other people’s opinions.

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3 Reflections After a Weekend of Meditating

3 Reflections After a Weekend of Meditating

This past weekend, I attended a Kundalini yoga retreat that was absolutely wonderful and much needed. During the weeks leading up to the retreat, I was in a constant state of go-go-go and do-do-do so much so that I reached the point of burning out. This weekend of stillness and living moment to moment helped me recharge my energy and reset my heart and mind. Below are three key reflections that I think will help you live more in the present.

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Live Courageously

Live Courageously

I recently watched Brené Brown’s The Call to Courage and I may need that on a weekly basis. Before I watched it, I was feeling a little bit in a funk and remembered my friend telling me about this talk on Netflix. I’m so glad I chose to watch this instead of yet another episode of Grey’s Anatomy (no offense, Grey’s, you will still be my go-to).

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